2010 Larkmead "Solari" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This is like Mouton 1982 on the nose with lead pencil, blackberry, mint and asphalt. Iodine, iron and blood, too. Toasted oak and coffee. Full body with an incredible depth of fruit and structure to this red. The texture of velvet is compelling and makes you contemplate all great wines. A pinnacle of pure Napa cabernet. Reserved opulence. Please give this at least three to five years to soften with bottle age: Try in 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The compelling 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) boasts an opaque purple color as well as notes of black currants, licorice, graphite and charcoal, sweet black fruits on the entry, and hints of pen ink and toast. The terrific aromatics are followed by a textured, multidimensional wine with a 45-second finish. As the wine sits in the glass, aromas of crushed rock and spice box also emerge. This complex, intriguing effort should drink well for 25+ years. (RP)
Black fruit, smoke, lavender, graphite, tobacco and incense are some of the many notes that appear in Larkmead's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Solari. A massive, hulking wine, the 2010 comes across as imposing, with huge tannins and tons of pure density. Here, alongside fifteen other first-class Napa Cabernets, the Solari comes across as a bit rustic in its tannin profile. That may just be the wine's youthful period in which the tannins have yet to fully soften, as the 2010 was a bit more polished from barrel and just after bottling. Time will tell. 96+ Points (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Subtle, slightly suppressed aromas of blueberry, licorice, sage and fresh herbs. Precise and intense but youthfully tight and closed; less opulent than the LMV Salon but serious and powerful. The dark berry, licorice, bitter chocolate and crushed rock flavors come across as distinctly dry and uncompromising today but the wine's big, broad, ripe tannins and finishing energy suggest that it will unfold slowly and gracefully with bottle age. This is 100% cabernet sauvignon and it shows. 93+ Points